Saturday 10th July is Teddy Bear Picnic Day - who knew?! This information popped up on my social media on Saturday morning and having been thinking of different ways to photograph my toys in groups, well the answer was right there.
So of course they needed a teddy-bear-sized picnic blanket and as gingham is the most picnicky pattern possible I dug out some red, pink and white scraps.
I cut the fabric into 13in x 2 1/2in strips:
Red: 5 strips
Pink: 9 strips
White: 4 strips
And then pieced the red and pink together starting with the red and then alternating them to give a 9 strip block and then did the same with the remaining pink and white strips (pink first). All seams were pressed to the pink side.
Then the blocks were sub-cut vertically into 2 1/2 in strips and these strips were then sewn together alternating between red/pink and pink/white (making sure that the pink was always next to the red). One pink and white strip was left over to give a 9 square by 9 square finished block (finished size 18in square). It would be so easy to make up a quilt or a human size picnic quilt with a few of these.
After pressing the seams to the red/pink strips I layered it up and basted it together with safety pins before quilting it really simply either side of the seams. I backed and bound it with the same red fabric used in the piecing (I have some mini strawberry fabric that I had in mind for the binding but it was orange when I finally found it and didn't look right). Ta-da!
Oh and I had to make a Victoria sponge too for full-on picnic authenticity - which scored me some points with the kids (Delia's All-in-One Sponge, always a winner).